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Sunday, 22 January 2017 09:14 AM GMT
Australian Open Day 7: Zverev topples Murray as Venus rolls on rounds up the action from Day 7 of the 2017 Australian Open. READ MORE

There will be no Australian Open title for Andy Murray this year after a shock defeat on Sunday which ranks alongside the one which saw Novak Djokovic lose in the second round.

Just when Wimbledon champion Murray must have thought it was his chance to pick up a title he’s been denied in five finals, four of them by Djokovic, Germany’s Mischa Zverev, a serve and volleyer from the old school, produced a performance that John McEnroe would have been - and was - proud of to record the biggest victory of his life. 

It is 20 years since Venus Williams played her first Grand Slam event but even at 36, she is still a formidable competitor.

The 13th-seeded American, a five-time Wimbledon champion, battled past Germany’s Mona Barthel 6-3, 7-5 and now plays Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who upset fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-3.

It’s possible that there could be another all-Williams final here, something Venus, who has not been to a Grand Slam final since 2009, would relish.

“That could hopefully happen,” she said. “We both still have to work very hard to get there. Today I played a qualifier, and she hardly ever missed.

"So it doesn't matter who you come up against, they are coming and they want to win, too. They have nothing to lose. I'm going to be focused on winning one round at a time and focus on doing what it takes to be there.”

Quote of the day

"I think I was born to play tennis. I really do. I was meant to do this." We do too, Venus...

Stat of the day

It’s the first time since 2009 that Murray has not made the last eight in Melbourne and the first time here since 2002 that neither No.1 or No.2 has made the quarters.

Hug of the day

There was a big embrace from mum as Mischa became the first Zverev to reach a Grand Slam quarter final. Although with the way Sascha is going, he will probably follow his older brother's example very soon...

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